I expect my students to come in, sit down and listen a little.
I ask them to do things like color and create, paint and sculpt.
I encourage them to continue working and not to give up.
I ask them to concentrate and work toward a goal.
I demonstrate the correct way and then help and assist them to do it on their own.
They can do it!
Most of them try their hardest and a large part of my students GET IT.
They CAN draw, they CAN paint and they CAN create art.
Some of them say, “I’m not an artist.” To them I say, “YES YOU ARE.”
I expect them to do their best. My class, like any other, takes some work. Just like other classes, students do well in it or they do not so well in it… but really, truly, it depends on about 90% attitude.
If they start out thinking they CAN’T… they are probably right. If they start out not liking the assignment or for some reason think I’m MEAN by asking them to do it… they will more than likely not have a good outcome. If they get to the point that their attitude becomes disrespect, it is certain they will not do well. All that does is make me sad for them. I will not accept their I CAN’T attitude or their misconception of why I assigned the project …AND THERE IS NO WAY I will take their disrespect.
So, if that makes me a mean teacher…
I’M A MEAN TEACHER!